2012 Detroit Auto Show Preview: Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid, E400 Hybrid

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 21, 2011

Mercedes-Benz’s core segment is turning to a new page while also redefining luxury business vehicle standards with the two new hybrids. The first is the new E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, which comes in Saloon and Estate versions. This new vehicle has remarkably set new efficiency records, with impressive consumption levels (4.2 l/100 km [1]) while maintaining superior performance.

Its 4-cylinder diesel engine produces 150 kW (204hp) and 500 Nm, while the electric motor yields an additional 20 kW and 250 Nm. This vehicle now sets the pace for efficiency for all luxury vehicles worldwide.

The second model, the new E 400 HYBRID, is powered by a V6 petrol engine that churns out 225 kW (306hp) and 370 Nm, as well as an auxiliary electric motor that adds 20 kW and 250 Nm. Fuel consumption ratings are 24 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined, all measured using the American CAFE standard.

Professor Dr Thomas Weber, Daimler Board Member for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development states that the two E-Class models are the realisation of the company’s ongoing enthusiastic and comprehensive hybrid development.

Modular technology enables a congruency between the new hybrid lines and the company’s other automobile lines. Weber adds that they are keenly aware of the requirement variations among different global markets, which give them the ability to offer their customers the exact models they want. By combining a remarkably low consumption with extraordinary drivability, the E-Class hybrids truly exemplify premium level hybrid motoring.

With these new hybrids, customers do not have to compromise anything related to space, whether interiorly or regarding the boot compartment. The intelligent modular hybrid concept also makes it possible to build upon the vehicle body of the Mercedes-Benz S 400 HYBRID, a car which has progressed since 2009 to become a runaway market leader.

The modular concept is flexible, and as such, the vehicle body can remain the same and be adapted for other model series with allowances for engine variation between diesel and petrol, as well as for being right- or left-hand drive. Remarkably, these variances can be achieved with only moderate additional cost.

These new hybrids will be formally introduced at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show from January 14 to 22, and will subsequently enter the market within the year. The E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is set to first enter the European market, whereas the E 400 HYBRID will first arrive in the American market, to be followed by Japan, China and other countries.

Main features of the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID

Compact, intelligent and modular hybrid concept: enables use of the same body as the base vehicle

Also comes in an Estate version

Space, safety and comfort have not been changed

Spaciousness, safety and comfort are all uncompromised

Substantially enhanced comfort with start/stop operation; noiseless start, complete climatic comfort

Superior efficiency in the luxury-class business vehicle segment: 4.2 litres/100 km, 109 g CO2/km

Part of Mercedes-Benz’ intelligent downsizing strategy: higher engine output of the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID with 150 kW + 20 kW electric motor/500 Nm + 250 Nm, versus the E 250 CDI (150 kW/500 Nm), positioning it at the same level as the E 300 CDI (170 kW/540 Nm)

15 percent better fuel efficiency compared with the E 250 CDI – including actual road traffic conditions

Excellent hybrid driving experience (start/stop function, regenerative braking, boost effect, purely electric motoring and "sailing" function)

Main features of the E 400 HYBRID

Compact, intelligent and modular hybrid concept: enables use of same body as the base vehicle

Spaciousness, safety and comfort are all uncompromised

Substantially enhanced comfort with start/stop operation; noiseless start, complete climatic comfort

Consumption combined (CAFE): 27 mpg

Part of Mercedes-Benz’ intelligent downsizing strategy: higher engine output of the E 400 HYBRID by some 20 kW and 250 Nm because of the electric motor

Excellent hybrid driving experience (start/stop function, regenerative braking, boost effect, purely electric motoring and "sailing" function)

Press Release

Mercedes-Benz launches hybrid offensive: The world's most economical luxury-class model

Mercedes-Benz is opening a new chapter in its brand's core segment and at the same time setting new standards for luxury-class business vehicles: the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, available as a Saloon and Estate, impresses with new record values when it comes to efficiency. It boasts exemplary consumption levels (4.2 l/100 km[1]) as well as impressive performance: the 4-cylinder diesel engine of the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID has 150 kW (204 hp) and 500 Nm. Combined with an electric motor producing 20 kW and 250 Nm, this results in a coherent overall concept. The E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is the most economical luxury-class vehicle in the world.

The V6-cylinder petrol engine in the E 400 HYBRID produces 225 kW (306 hp) and 370 Nm, and is also supplemented by a further 20 kW and 250 Nm from the electric motor. The consumption figures based on the American CAFE standard are: City 24 mpg, Highway 31 mpg, Combined 27 mpg.

"With these two E-Class models we are now continuing our comprehensive hybrid offensive. The modular technology opens up a quick way for us to complement other model series with hybrid models", explains Professor Dr. Thomas Weber, Daimler Board Member for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. "With a clear focus on the different requirements of global markets, we are able to offer precisely the models which our customers want. The E-Class hybrids provide a clear reduction in consumption as well as a very impressive driving experience: they represent hybrid motoring at the premium level."

The new models do not require their passengers to have to compromise when it comes to space, however, whether in terms of the interior or the luggage compartment. And there are also additional benefits to the intelligent modular hybrid concept, which represents a comprehensive enhancement of the Mercedes-Benz S 400 HYBRID which has advanced to the position of clear market leader since 2009: no changes to the vehicle body are required, the hybrid module is both flexible and modular, thus allowing its use in other model series, and in addition to diesel and petrol variants there will also be right-hand drive variants. Meanwhile, the extra cost involved here is only moderate. The new hybrid models will be celebrating their world premiere at the Detroit Motor Show (14 to 22 January 2012) and will appear on the market over the course of the year. The E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is initially planned to be launched on the European market, while the E 400 HYBRID will be made available on the American market first, followed by other countries such as Japan and China later.

Highlights of the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID at a glance:

Compact, intelligent and modular hybrid concept: no changes to the body of the base vehicle are necessary
Also available as an Estate
Space, safety and comfort remain unchanged
No compromises in terms of space, safety and comfort
Significant increase in comfort with start/stop operation; noiseless start, complete climatic comfort
Top marks for consumption in the luxury-class business vehicle segment: 4.2 litres/100 km, 109 g CO2/km
Part of the intelligent downsizing strategy of Mercedes-Benz: increase in the engine output of the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID with 150 kW + 20 kW electric motor/500 Nm + 250 Nm, compared with the E 250 CDI (150 kW/500 Nm), positioning it at the same level as the E 300 CDI (170 kW/540 Nm)
Fuel savings of around 15 percent compared with the E 250 CDI - even in actual road traffic conditions
Impressive hybrid driving experience (start/stop function, regenerative braking, boost effect, purely electric motoring and "sailing" function)

Highlights of the E 400 HYBRID at a glance:

Compact, intelligent and modular hybrid concept: no changes to the body of the base vehicle are necessary
No compromises in terms of space, safety and comfort
Significant increase in comfort with start/stop operation; noiseless start, complete climatic comfort
Consumption combined (CAFE): 27 mpg
Part of the intelligent downsizing strategy of Mercedes-Benz: increase in the engine output of the E 400 HYBRID by some 20 kW and 250 Nm thanks to the electric motor
Impressive hybrid driving experience (start/stop function, regenerative braking, boost effect, purely electric motoring and "sailing" function)

[1] All consumption and performance figures are preliminary figures based on the Saloon model, as at December 2011

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